Histogram for EXPOSURES
getting exposures right at night can be tricky so use your histograms, suggests Alyn. “The lighthouse in our shot was casting its high-powered beam, and later on it lit up the distant buildings. The brightness of these areas in your frame will be many stops brighter than the dark sky, so check your histogram to check that both the shadows and highlights aren’t clipped and lacking detail.”
You can easily recover and brighten or darken your Raw images by a certain amount, but – better still – try taking two exposures to capture the bright areas and dark areas, and then merge them later on in Photoshop with the help of layers and masks.